Category Archives: Reaction to Government interference in church affairs

The position of the representative of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) to European International Organizations on the Ukrainian law on renaming religious organizations

December 28, 2018. The Ukrainian authorities made an ill-considered political step when they disregarded the norms of international law and adopted the law on renaming religious organizations, said Bishop Victor (Kotsaba) of Baryshevka, head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) Representative Office to European International Organization to the Information and Education Department of the UOC-MP. “Even the Main Scientific […]

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The Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) is set to challenge the discriminatory law in the Constitutional Court of Ukraine.

December 25, 2018. The head of the Law Department of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate), Protopriest Alexander Bakhov gave an interview to the UOC-MP Information and Education Department where he commented the recently signed anti-church bill N5039. He stated, that since 1990, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church has been officially registered by the government authorities with this very name and […]

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The Deputy Head of the Department of External Church Relations (Ukrainian Orthodox Church Moscow Patriarchate) emphasizes that Law No. 5309 artificially makes the believers of Ukraine strangers in their own country.

December 24, 2018. Union of Orthodox Journalists reports with reference to the ZIK channel, that the Deputy Head of the Department of External Church Relations (Ukrainian Orthodox Church Moscow Patriarchate) Protopriest Nikolai Danilevich stated: the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) will not agree to name change and will protect its rights by all possible legal means “We will protect ourselves […]

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The Law Department of the UOC appealed to President Poroshenko request to veto bill No 5309, as it discriminates millions of believing citizens of Ukraine on the religious ground

December 20, 2018 – The Law Department of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church appealed to President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko with a request to veto the bill No. 5309 adopted on December 20, 2018, reported the Information and Education Department of the UOC. This draft law violates the right to freedom of religion and discriminates on the religious ground millions of […]

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Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) believers start prayerful standing outside the Verkhovna Rada as a protest against the possible adaptation of anti-church bills

December 20, 2018. The believers of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) gathered at the walls of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to hold a prayer as a protest against interference of the authorities in the affairs of the Church. About two thousand UOC-MP (Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Moscow Patriarchate) believers took part in the prayer standing at the walls […]

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